Madtown Nutbrown - Ale Asylum

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Reviews: 91
Hads: 330
Avg: 3.72
pDev: 23.66%
Wants: 9
Gots: 51 | FT: 0
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Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: rhoadsrage on 06-29-2006

A blend of seven unique malts give this brown ale an earthy aroma and a flavor reminiscent of caramel with a slightly creamy finish.
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Photo of Salvitore
1.6/5  rDev -57%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Ok,this Ale after a long day of work it was the worst tasting and foul Ale I have ever had.Trust me I have had all kinds of beers and ales in the Military in various countries on my off time. The first swig left an aftertaste that lasted for 4 hours and still remains after chasing it with coffee and pepsi, even mouthwash and tooth paste could not get the foul taste out of my mouth. The taste was like rotten carrots and moldy coffee grounds. If you want a dark beer stick to something safe like Guines. Sorry But the MADTOWN NUTBROWN Asylum for crazy people to drink...Any sane hard working man would take a swig...of one bottle and smash it...The rest I plan on getting my 8 bucks back from Burnsteads Market....If that dont work I am going to shoot the rest of the bottles with my .45 S&W....This beer is horrible. Perhaps good for younger more liberal know the Starbucks Coffee Drinkers....which was rated one of the worst tasting cofees....its only popular by name. Good name for an Ale...but sorry you lose with me. Also I might add I am sorry for the over critical review....But I am calling a spade a spade.


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Photo of Winter
2.77/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a chestnut brown with unfiltered particles floating in suspension of the beer's body. Nose consists of sweet malt, breadiness - like a baked pie crust, and brown sugar. The mouthfeel is medium and soft. Taste consists of caramel and malt. That "baked pie crust" aroma is featured again here in the flavor. Not much else is going on here. Overall, this was a huge let down.

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Photo of DrBrewDay
2.83/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Served from bottle at ~45F

Appearance- murky, translucent brown with a thin beige head

Aroma- all malt. Dark chocolate and caramel

Flavor- the dominating flavor is the sweetness. To me it overrides all other flavors that are trying to come out. Some chocolate roastiness comes out towards the end, but the overall cloyingness makes it almost unpalatable.

Mouthfeel- medium to medium-heavy. The overall sweetness led me to the heavy. Carbonation seems appropriate

Overall- Although brown ales should be malty, this one misses the mark entirely. To me, it is too sweet and because of it, I missed the subtle malty nuances that a traditional English brown has.

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Photo of kkleu357
2.9/5  rDev -22%

From notes on 11/9/13

Nutty earthy taste. Maybe some caramel in there too. Dark brown color. Creamy white head. Ok beer. One of my least favorites from ale asylum.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
2.93/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Served in a pint glass at the Argus.

Appearance: Welcoming orange-brown with ruby hues. Big off-white head. Nice lacing.

Aroma: Caramel malts dominate, chocolate, nuts, apple butter, biscuits, toast.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Great full-bodied caramel flavors but otherwise a bit of a let down. I want big dry-roasted nuttiness in a nut brown and this beer lacks that. Mouthfeel is slick and creamy but lends itself to much towards sweetness and isn’t dry enough. Some minor nut, toast, and chocolate flavors are present.

Drinkability: Ok, but not my cup of tea.

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Photo of deebo
2.97/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-a ruddy brown color and murky not clear. A tan pillowy head that quickly breaks down into a film.
S-nutty malt goodness. No hop or yeast presence.
T-much like the taste. Sweet and nutty. Not much else
M-Medium bodied and carbonated
O-a plain brown ale. Tastes more like an English version. Not much character here but drinkable

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Photo of WJVII
3/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

*Reviewed from notes*
Poured on tap into a pint glass this brew had a nice acorn color with about a 3/4 inch white head. Once settled there was a nice cap with good lacing down the sides. There was a mild bitter smell with a backbone of nutty tones. Nothing was overly noticeable with the smell of this brew and that followed suit with the taste. This was a thin beer with mild carbonation and only a slight nutty flavor. Some hints of roasted malts in the aftertaste. This was a forgettable beer. Not great, but ok...with the prices there were better choices to make in the AA line-up.

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Photo of BWED
3.02/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into a tumbler.

A- Very turbid brown body is poured. Light brown, creamy head.

S- Caramel mixed with a little booze and a little nut.

T- Sweet caramel, with a bit of a nuttiness to the flavor as well.

M- Slight creaminess. Carbonation isn't very noticeable. Finish is smooth and sweet.

O- I'd like more from the body of this beer, for some reason, and I think the taste could be a little bolder.

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Photo of FightingEntropy
3.13/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice white head with tight bubbles that lasted for awhile. Looks ok in the glass with a mud brown color. But for me, the smell isn't all that pleasant. Some solid malt but the spiceness of the hop doesn't compliment for me. Overly sweet malt has a thin mouthfeel and not a lot of additional depth to it, though the aftertaset isn't bad. This beer just doesn't do it for me though reading some of the reviews online, I seem to be in the minority on this one. Oh well. I would pass it buy for every other Ale Asylum beer I've tried.

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Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.15/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

this was somehat underwhelming. pours a mostly clear ruby brown but with no head to speak of. toffee, roasted nuts, caramel, and rum in the nose. suprisingly thin malts in the taste. almost no residual sugars. some bitterness in the finish but mostly astringent, like cold tea. minimal carbonation. perhaps this one was a bit past it's prime even though i purchased it a few months ago and it's been in the fridge ever since.

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Photo of emerge077
3.17/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep amber tone, unexpected for a Brown Ale. Good level of foam, a thick ring of lacing coats the glass, with a skim over the top. No visible carbonation, yet it's felt on the palate.

Cereal grain dominates the aroma, with a mild sourness that nearly reaches foulness.

Grape-nuts comes to mind, so there must be a good amount of barley in this. There's a nutty sweetness, with a sour apple tang that i'm guessing is from the yeast. Tastes good, but it feels muddled and could use more definition. One pint was enough, doesn't seem much like a session ale.

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Photo of mdwalsh
3.18/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: A fairly agitated pour give me three finders of sandy-colored head with lots of small bubbles, sitting on top of a orangish-amber, pretty clear beer with a little active carb gathering on the bottom of the glass. The head is fading fast, but is getting a nice creamy looking top. A second pour reveals what I didn't read....unfiltered, and it shows. Still looks pretty nice though, and since they declare it to be unfiltered, I declare it looks good.

S: Nutty Malt, sort of smells like Peanut Butter. No hops that I can detect. It's not very strong at all, and not very complex. It just smells the way it smells.

T: Hmm, taste is very interesting. Same nutty, peanut butter malt taste with no hops, but there is another taste. A yeasty taste that I'm not sure I like...Yeah I don't know. It doesn't taste bad, but that yeast just doesn't add anything to the beer. It tastes sort of thin and bland.

M: As I said, it seems thin. There isn't over carbonation which can be a problem with thin beers IMO, but just simply thin and average.

D: Well, most beers that are just average are still pretty drinkable. I dunno, I don't think I'd go back to this one, but I'd do it before a lot of others. Simple average.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.26/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

I have fond memories of Madison. ...That doesn't have any bearing here, I'm just sayin'. Anyway, this stuff pours a surprisingly swampy sienna topped by a finger of lightly-sandy off-white foam. The nose comprises lightly-toasted wheat bread, honey, oats, a sprinkle of dirt, and a vague notion of even vaguer fruits wafting in the breeze somehow, as though they were spirits of their former, earthly selves. The taste brings in more of the same, that odd fruit sensation remaining, but even more ephemeral, like the memory of the above description. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, a decent little brown ale, nothing to write home about, and, unfortunately, with things like Moose Drool and Sam Smith out there, probably nothing I'm likely to see again (though I wouldn't shun it if handed to me somewhere).

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Photo of orbitalr0x
3.28/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz stubby bottle. Pours into my glass a ruddy brown with a small bubbly white head that quickly fades to nothing. A bit of fine particulate in the glass as well. Aromas begin with caramel and a light toasted graininess. A slight nuttiness is there along with some dark fruit and a very mellow hop aroma in the background.

First sip brings a slightly toasty, almost bready caramel maltiness that flows across with some nutty flavors as well. A mild fruitiness comes through in the middle, flows down clean and finishes with just a touch of hops. A smooth brew but it just ends up boring me a bit.

Mouthfeel is smooth and slightly creamy from the fast moving carbonation. It's somewhere between light and medium bodied making it easy to drink. Overall, it's an easy drinking brown that just seems to be a little lacking in the flavor department to me. Nothing really grabs me in and makes me want to come back to this one.

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Photo of Musky
3.28/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had a nice tight foamy head that laced graciously down the glass as it was consumed. Had quite a bit of hop character for nut brown, it almost seemed as I was tasting a dark pale ale. It did not have the malt to backup the hops. Besides that it was a delicious beer to the last drop. Much prefer their porter or stout.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.29/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle, no clear bottling date, ordered at Green Owl Tavern in Madison, Wisconsin and poured into a glass 3/15/2014.

App- Clear dark brown body, one finger white head with fair retention, lots of lacing. Looks like a fairly average brown ale.

Smell- Caramel, nutty, a touch of earthiness. Simple, strong and to the point.

Flavour- Very sweet, a touch bit too sweet for what I prefer out of a brown ale. Caramel, toffee, Wermer's butterscotch and candied sugar. Nothing here that can cut the sweetness at all. It's fine and more than drinkable.

Mouthfeel- Thinner bodied but not quite watery. Good carbonation. Sweet finish that is neither resinous nor dry.

Overall- Decent, overly sweet brown ale that doesn't bring a lot else other than sweetness to the table.

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Photo of Duff27
3.3/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a clear brown color with a big near two-inch light tan head. Fine floating sediment. Good head retention and lacing. Looks very nice in a pint glass.

S- Very faint. Bready?

T- Real nice malt backbone...roasty and nutty. Nothing overpowering in the taste. A certain sweetness left on my lips.

M- Mouth-filling and creamy, medium mouthfeel. Low on biting carbonation per style guidelines.

D/O- Slight lack of taste makes for "mad" drinkability. This one was kind of all over the place as far as my individual ratings went. On the plus side, Mad Town Nut Brown looks great and goods down either whereas the aroma aspect and taste leaves some to be desired. Would recommend to brown/session ale fans.

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Photo of cokes
3.35/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark orange-tinted tan with a sturdy rise of beige foam.
Nose of cocoa powder with a growing contingent of orangey hops as it sits.
Tastewise, it begins with a bran-like sense of grain, sprinkled with brown sugar. Traces of cocoa. It goes semi-flaccid in the middle, with only some vague lingering toasty sweetness lapping up against a light sour apple yeastiness. Hopping carries a fair amount of reedy bitterness, which carries through with a dried grass and tea flavor, along with a closing yelp of citrus.
It's medium-light in body, with a sluggish carbonation. It's not refreshing enough to be a quaffer nor meaty enough to stand on its own as a warmer.
It's not a terrible stab at a brown ale, but there are things here that don't quite mesh. It's easily the weakest link in Ale Asylum's bottled line. I'd vote to bench this and put Big Slick Stout in mass production...or Sticky McDoogle...or, really, anything else.

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Photo of scaliasux
3.35/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - Medium-dark brown. Looks a little hazy. Short off white head with little persistence.

Smell - Sweet medium roasted malts. Caramel, toffee, raisin. Not getting much in the way of hops.

Taste - Principally sweet medium roasted malt. Light sweet toast, chocolate, coffee flavors. A little bitterness and a little watery. Light citrus finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium.

Overall - Smells like its going to taste better. Not awful, but not worth looking for.

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Photo of BeerBelcher
3.38/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I didn't find this beer to be all that was decent and lightly toffee-ish, but not particularly nutty nor was it overwhelmingly flavorful. Still, this was far from a bad beer, and I think I would rate it above average.

This beer pured a nice red color with a tan head. Aroma was a bit of light caramel but was not overly odoriferous. Flavor was a bit light and a bit of toffee and caramel. Body was light and there was not a tremendous amount of mouthfeel. Not bad, and recommended, but far from spectacular.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.41/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a hazy dark amber with 2 fingers of creamy off-white head. A thin layer of retention leaves a nice cascade of lacing behind. The aroma smells like cocoa, bread, roasted nuts, some citrus, and earthy hops.

The taste is a smooth blend of toasted malts, caramel sweetness, some nutty bitterness, and a bit of a prominant hop in the backend. The mouthfeel is a light medium with a creamy and mellow feel.

Not bad. While the aroma and flavors were pretty tight for the style, I wish that they could have been a bit more assertive and the overall feel could had been just a touch beefier to help support them better. This was my first beer from Ale Asylum and I look forward to better selections from them down the road.

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Photo of smcolw
3.41/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light brown color. Light shines through easily. Small head...rim bubbles only. No lace.

Mild aroma of weak coffee and darker malts.

Sweet and toasty flavor. There's a good hop presence, especially for this style. Moderate to thin body with a high carbonation.

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Photo of madtowndmb1
3.41/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Looked like a slight leathery color. Nice look!

S: I couldn't really pick out one scent in there. But there was a touch of hop flavor and of course some nuttiness that was appealing. Not sure if the mystery scent was molasses, candi sugar?

T: It was nutty, malty, smooth. All things you'd want from a good nutbrown!

Not being the biggest fan of Nutbrowns, this is the one I buy when I'm in the mood for one! And it's local which is great!

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Photo of barnzy78
3.42/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, no freshness date even though the label leaves a space for something to be imprinted. New to the Chicago area, I've had some of their stuff in the past and enjoyed thoroughly.
L - cloudy brown ale capped with a thinner ivory head
S - caramel, bread, chocolate, yeast
T - brown malt, nutty, bready, caramel, spicy earthy hops
F - creamy and smooth mouth feel. Fairly clean finish.
O - good nut brown ale here. Nothing exceptional, but definitely drinkable.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.46/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a dark amber color, with a small tan head. The smell was weak, but had some maltyness. The taste was malty, no nut flavor as the name implies, and a bit light for a brown ale. There could have been more flavor, but easy to drink. Overall not a bad beer, but not a good beer either.

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Madtown Nutbrown from Ale Asylum
84 out of 100 based on 91 ratings.